Dak Prescott knows opponents will adjust this fall.
The former Mississippi State quarterback had a stellar rookie run with the Dallas Cowboys last season, when the threw for 3,667 yards with 23 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. His rocket rise after he was taken as the No. 135 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft became one of the league’s biggest stories.
How does he plan to avoid a “sophomore slump” in 2017? By improving his downfield throwing.
Check out the answer he gave Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio in a recent interview about the coming season.
“It’s definitely important for us to attack downfield and show that we’ve got that threat,” Prescott told Florio. “That’s something that we want to do is go down the field and make the defenses respect that, make sure they’re deep and they’re being honest in their coverage so we can have everything underneath. It’s about having that balance.”
If Prescott improves this season, look out.
The young player completed 67.8 percent of his passes last year. You can bet defenses will try to take away what worked for him in 2016. But Prescott seems smart enough and driven enough to make the necessary adjustments to be a force in the pocket again for Dallas.
Prescott’s ceiling appears to be so, so high.